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Friday, January 25, 2019

The Dangers Of Yoga

"He [Shri Yogi Hari] answered, "It is the teacher's responsibility to make students understand that yoga is a highly spiritual practice. The reason it is a spiritual practice is because you are a spirit....the soul, the Atman functioning through these bodies. We are teaching yoga so that you will experience your Higher Self. If you want to have good health, if you want to experience happiness, you can only experience that when you touch who you are, the Self...then they can see that Yoga is not just a physical thing.13" (p. 3)

"As one yoga leader said, "Yoga without a spiritual component is just exercise." (p. 3)

Above excerpts taken from Craig Branch’s article, “Veritas: Stretching the Truth?”

"...yoga is historically a religious philosophy and spiritual practice. Accordingly, Robert E. Van Voorst defines yoga as "a physical discipline to promote knowledge that the individual soul and world are one."2 (p. 5)

"It is difficult to separate any yoga practice from its Hindu roots. It can be said that there is no Hinduism without yoga and no yoga without Hinduism." (p. 5)

"Christian Indian citizen and philosopher Vishal Mangalwadi, however, explains that "Yoga was never meant to be a fitness regime. In Indian philosophy yoga is a means to salvation or liberation (moksha). The original philosophy behind yoga defined liberation as the soul's isolation from the body. Obtaining 'out-of-body' experience is still the goal of some popular forms of yoga."3 (p. 5)

Above excerpts taken from Clete Hux’s article, “What Is Yoga?

"[Citing Yoga-Yajnavadka] "Yoga is the union of the individual psyche with the transcendental Self." (p. 9)

"...the basic assumptions of Yoga makes about the nature of God are completely foreign and incompatible with the Christian belief system. The god of Yoga is spoken of as the Absolute, Higher Self, Ultimate, Divine Consciousness and a host of other titles that speak of an impersonal, pantheistic deity that is in all things, through transcendent beyond them." (p. 9)

"In Yoga, as in Hinduism, the great need of man is to rid himself from karma, the cumulative effect of the good and bad things done in a person's life that are taken with him to the next life when the soul transmigrates into another body." (p. 10)

"The pantheistic view that god is in everything makes it impossible to state that humans have any more inherent value than slugs or mosquitoes." (p. 11)

"The combination of pranayama and asana is intended to include the practitioner is intended to induce the practitioner into an occultic and altered state of consciousness. The practice of breathing technique is an integral part of all Eastern meditative systems." (p. 12)

"An extensive German study on the effects of meditation found negative side effects among 70% of the participants.23...In biblical meditation the mind is active. It is not an inward focus that includes the emptying of the mind." (p. 12)

Above excerpts taken from Keith Gibson’s article, “It Isn’t Just Exercise: The Religious Nature of Yoga.”

All the above excerpts can be found in the July-August 2004 edition of the Areopagus Journal (published by the Apologetics Resource Center)

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